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Jury Ajourns in Wichita Killing Case

November 2, 2002

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Jurors adjourned Friday without reaching a verdict in the trial of two brothers accused in a nine-day crime spree that left five people dead and ended when a wounded survivor ran bleeding and naked through the snow to seek help.

Deliberations were to resume Monday.

Jurors must decide on a combined total of 97 counts against Reginald Carr, 24, and Jonathan Carr, 22, that stem from a quadruple killing, a separate homicide and a robbery.

The most notorious crime the brothers are charged with involves the events during two days in December 2000, when two armed intruders entered a Wichita home. The two women and three men inside were forced to engage in sexual acts with each other and to withdraw money from ATMs. The women were repeatedly raped before the five friends were taken to the soccer field and shot.

Aaron Sander, 29; Brad Heyka, 27; Jason Befort, 26; and Heather Muller, 25, died. Befort’s girlfriend, then a 25-year-old teacher, survived and ran a mile to find help. She identified the Carr brothers as her attackers.

Racks of clothing stolen from the victims’ closets and the clothes the brothers are accused of wearing while committing the crimes were made available to the jury during deliberations.

The Carrs also are being tried in the Dec. 11, 2000, attempted robbery and shooting of Ann Walenta, 55, who later died, and a robbery four days earlier in which Andrew Schreiber was abducted and forced to withdraw cash from ATMs.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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